Yesterday night I worked as a voluntary paramedic driver again. Lately, these nights are getting worse comparing the rides to patients and hospitals.
Normally there are heart attacks, strokes, and chirurgical problems. But the rate of mental diseases is increasing.
A little bit after 20 o’clock: Our dispatch called us to a “rescue operation”. Some Police officers had already arrived to clear the situation.
I can’t get into to much detail, as I’m bound to a secrecy agreement and silence obligation (obvious).
The police presented us with a situation where a teenager was raging against his parents. I can only tell the story the policemen told me:
One of her parents took her phone away and the teen immediately locked herself up in her room. I’m not sure how the next thing happened, the teenager got into the kitchen to steal a knife and ran off to the basement. After that, the police got called by the parents and as we arrived the teen was already calmed down.
We arrived not far after, as I don’t know the exact timing, and to be sure, it’s also negligible.
We took care of her and drove off to the next mental health station which is about an hour drive. Since it wasn’t clear if the teenager was in imminent danger, the police escorted us.
Alongside such a long drive, my brain started thinking about the whole situation:
How far along did we come as a society, that teens need this kind of raging to get heard?
Depression, Burnout, Manic depression, and many more mental diseases are rising. I don’t think there was this kind of disease 100 years ago or maybe they were there but handled otherwise? I don’t know.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones. And if you can, help others to help themselves.